Zakat Foundation in Chechnya
After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, a number of republics broke away from Russia and became independent nations. The Chechen Republic was one of these nations. When the Chechen declaration of independence was denied, tension escalated into warfare by 1994. During the war, the Chechen government collapsed, and the war destroyed approximately 80% of the country’s economic infrastructure and laid waste to the capital city, Grozny.
The year 2000 saw resumed war, causing a mass exodus of more than 1.5 million people, primarily Muslim Chechens. The people of Chechnya have been battered by years of conflict and displacement. While the major conflicts have ceased, the prolonged fighting has destroyed Chechnya’s infrastructure. Many areas of Chechnya lack such basics as paved roads.
Zakat Foundation of America has focused on providing for the educational and living needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Chechnya.
Sources: UN Stats | UNESCO | World Bank | International Medical Corps